The best TV shows airing in 2020

From returning Doctor Who and Last Tango in Halifax to new series with David Tennant, Keeley Hawes and more, here's the best of 2020 TV

Flesh and Blood

Channel: ITV

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Air date: 2020 

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Family drama Flesh and Blood is the modern story of three adult siblings – Helen, Jake and Natalie – whose lives are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien reveals she’s fallen for a new man. The drama is written by The Long Song’s Sarah Williams and stars Imelda Staunton and Russell Tovey. Read more


A Suitable Boy

Channel: BBC

Air date: 2020

Cast and crew on A Suitable Boy (BBC)

Serial adapter Andrew Davies (known for War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Sanditon) is taking on Vikram Seth’s classic novel, A Suitable Boy. The period drama will be an epic family saga set in the 1950s in India. Read more


Deadwater Fell

Channel: Channel 4 

Air date: 2020

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Daisy Coulam, the creator of Grantchester, is back with a new four-part crime drama starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant. The drama will examine the “notion of evil” and will follow two families in the aftermath of the murder of three children and their mother, looking at the ripple effect of the crime in the local community. Read more


The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

Channel: BBC

Air date: 2020

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The BBC is set to explore the final months of Marilyn Monroe’s life in a new drama series written by Trust Me screenwriter Dan Sefton. The show will trace the run-up to Monroe’s death at the age of 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills. Read more


Death Comes As the End

Channel: BBC1

Air date: TBC

Agatha Christie at her typewriter and the cover of the book Death Comes as the End

We’re more used to seeing Sarah Phelps tackle Agatha Christie, but for this adaptation of Death Comes As the End, the BBC has turned to Gwyneth Hughes. Unusually for Christie, the murder mystery is set in Ancient Egypt. Read more


Call the Midwife

Channel: BBC1

Air date: 2020

Call the Midwife

The midwives of Poplar return for another series (after the 2019 Christmas special) which starts in January 1965 with the funeral of Winston Churchill, and sees Nonnatus House “entering a bold and innovative era”. And there’s good news for Midwife fans – the drama has been green-lit for a further two series so will be on our screens until at least 2022. Read more


Killing Eve series 3

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Killing Eve will return to screens in 2020 with a new female showrunner at the helm: Suzanne Heathcote. But who will be reprising their roles? Well, it largely depends who survived the end series two… Read more


Our Girl

Channel: BBC1

Air date: 2020

Michelle Keegan returns as army medic Georgie Lane for a fourth series as she heads back to Afghanisatan, the scene of fiancé Elvis’s death. 2 Section will also be back – but missing a few familiar faces this time. Read more



The Bay series 2

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

Morven Christie as Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong in The Bay
The Bay on ITV

The Bay, penned by Being Human writer Daragh Carville, is a crime story rooted in the families and communities of a coastal town. Morven Christie is expected to return as Family Liaison Officer Lisa Armstrong for season two, with a whole new case to crack. Read more


Kaos

Channel: Netflix

Release date: TBC

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Kaos on Netflix

Charlie Covell, the creator of The End of the F***ing World – returning to Channel 4 in the autumn – has written a new, darkly comic Netflix series, Kaos, which is a modern reimagining of Greek mythology.


Honour

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

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Honour is a new two-part factual drama based on the true story of 20-year-old Londonder Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by her family for falling in love with the wrong man. Keeley Hawes will star as the lead detective on the case. Read more


Unforgotten

Channel: ITV

Air date: TBC

Unforgotten, ITV/ MAINSTREET PRODUCTIONS/DES WILLIE

DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) dig into another historic crime in this critically acclaimed series from writer Chris Lang. Read more


Tin Star series 3

Channel: Sky

Air date: 2020

Tim Roth in Tin Star
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Sky Atlantic’s thriller Tin Star is set to return for a third and final season – this time set in the UK as the Worth family “confront their menacing past” in Liverpool. Read more